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Ash Leads Longhorns To Holiday Bowl Victory
December 28, 2011
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 Quick Stats TEXAS CAL
First Downs 13 15
Passing Yards 148 192
Rushing Yards 109 1
Penalties-Yards 8-50 5-50
3rd Down Conversions 3-14 7-16
4th Down Conversions 1-1 0-0
Punts-Avg 9-39.3 7-42.1
Turnovers 0 5
Time of Possession 28:53 31:07
 
 Statistical Leaders
Passing C-Att Yds TD Int
 UT - Ash 14-22 142 1 0
 CAL - Maynard 19-33 192 0 1
Rushing Car Yds TD Long
 UT - Brown 13 35 0 19
 CAL - Sofele 18 48 1 11
Receiving Rec Yds TD Long
 UT - Goodwin 3 49 1 47
 CAL - Jones 8 93 0 20
 
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SAN DIEGO (AP) - The next time Texas coach Mack Brown sees Joey Harrington, the memory shouldn't be quite so painful.

David Ash added his name to the list of quarterbacks who've caught a touchdown pass in the Holiday Bowl and he also threw for one score to lead Texas to a 21-10 victory against California on Wednesday night.

Ash caught a 4-yard pass from wide receiver Jaxon Shipley in the second quarter to join BYU's Steve Young, Texas A&M's Bucky Richardson and Oregon's Harrington as quarterbacks who've caught touchdown passes in the Holiday Bowl.

The Longhorns had the ball first-and-goal when Ash handed off to running back Malcolm Brown who then handed off to Shipley as if the Longhorns were going to run a reverse. Ash slipped into the end zone and caught Shipley's pass to give Texas a 7-3 lead. Shipley has thrown three touchdown passes this season, all while lining up at wide receiver.

Brown joked on Tuesday how much it still bugged him that Harrington caught a TD pass in the Ducks' 35-30 win against Texas in the 2000 Holiday Bowl. The Oregon offensive coordinator then was Jeff Tedford, who has been Cal's coach since 2002. Harrington now works for the Longhorn Network.

Brown credited the play to co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, who previously had coached and played at Boise State.

``Bryan Harsin grew up in that Boise system and that's the stuff Jeff did with Oregon back in the early 2000s,'' Brown said. ``And it's one of the reasons why I hired Bryan. He believes in running the football, he believes in being physical, but he's got toys in the pocket that he's going to take advantage of things when he can.

``If you're not moving the ball, he's got some imagination in the offense to make a play,'' Brown said.

That play helped salvage a little bit of the Holiday Bowl's reputation for high-scoring, wide-open games.

``We knew they were going to throw something like that out there,'' Cal defensive end Trevor Guyton said. ``It was only a matter of time before they did it. They got us. No excuses.''

Ash had another impressive play in the third quarter when he threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin, who made a nice over-the-shoulder catch in full stride. That gave the Longhorns a 14-10 lead.

The Longhorns (8-5) were even more impressive on defense, getting five takeaways and sacking Cal's Zach Maynard six times, both season highs.

The Golden Bears (7-6) are winless in five games against the Longhorns dating to 1959.

Texas put it away on Cody Johnson's 4-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter, which was set up when Maynard was sacked and fumbled, which was recovered by Chris Whaley at the Cal 44. Goodwin ran for 37 yards and Johnson had a 3-yard gain before his touchdown run.

Cal briefly took the lead at 10-7 after Isi Sofele's 6-yard run to cap the opening drive of the second half.

Ash's long TD pass to Goodwin came four plays into the next Texas drive.

``We had our chances and gave the ball away,'' Tedford said.

Cal fumbled six times, losing four. The other turnover was an interception by Quandre Diggs, the younger brother of former Texas star cornerback and current San Diego Chargers starter Quentin Jammer.

``They did a good job of stripping it. They got it out today,'' Tedford said. ``They got their hands on the ball, their hats on the ball and stripped it. There's really no explanation for something we've worked on.''

Maynard was under pressure the whole game.

``We kept getting caught in second-and-long, third-and-long,'' the QB said. ``It's hard to build a decent pass game and run game. ... It's hard to overcome those turnovers. It's hard to build momentum.''

Texas Bowl History (Record: 26-22-2)
Dec. 28, 2011 Holiday Bowl-Texas 21, California 10
Jan. 7, 2010 BCS Championship-Alabama 37, Texas 21
Jan. 5, 2009 Fiesta Bowl-Texas 24, Ohio State 21
Dec. 27, 2007 Holiday Bowl-Texas 52, Arizona State 34
Dec. 30, 2006 Alamo Bowl-Texas 26, Iowa 24
Jan. 4, 2006 Rose Bowl-Texas 41, Southern Cal 38
Jan. 1, 2005 Rose Bowl-Texas 38, Michigan 37
Dec. 30, 2003 Holiday Bowl-Washington State 28, Texas 20
Jan. 1, 2003 Cotton Bowl-Texas 35, LSU 20
Dec. 28, 2001 Holiday Bowl-Texas 47, Washington 43
Dec. 29, 2000 Holiday Bowl-Oregon 35, Texas 30
Jan. 1, 2000 Cotton Bowl-Arkansas 27, Texas 6
Jan. 1, 1999 Cotton Bowl-Texas 38, Mississippi State 11
Jan. 1, 1997 Fiesta Bowl-Penn State 38, Texas 15
Dec. 31, 1995 Sugar Bowl-Virginia Tech 28, Texas 10
Dec. 30, 1994 Sun Bowl-Texas 35, North Carolina 31
Jan. 1, 1991 Cotton Bowl-Miami 46, Texas 3
Dec. 31, 1987 Bluebonnet Bowl-Texas 32, Pittsburgh 27
Dec. 31, 1985 Bluebonnet Bowl-Air Force 24, Texas 16
Dec. 26, 1984 Freedom Bowl-Iowa 55, Texas 17
Jan. 2, 1984 Cotton Bowl-Georgia 10, Texas 9
Dec. 25, 1982 Sun Bowl-North Carolina 26, Texas 10
Jan. 1, 1982 Cotton Bowl-Texas 14, Alabama 12
Dec. 31, 1980 Bluebonnet Bowl-North Carolina 16, Texas 7
Dec. 22, 1979 Sun Bowl-Washington 14, Texas 7
Dec. 23, 1978 Sun Bowl-Texas 42, Maryland 0
Jan. 2, 1978 Cotton Bowl-Notre Dame 38, Texas 10
Dec. 27, 1975 Bluebonnet Bowl-Texas 38, Colorado 21
Dec. 30, 1974 Gator Bowl-Auburn 27, Texas 3
Jan. 1, 1974 Cotton Bowl-Nebraska 19, Texas 3
Jan. 1, 1973 Cotton Bowl-Texas 17, Alabama 13
Jan. 1, 1972 Cotton Bowl-Penn State 30, Texas 6
Jan. 1, 1971 Cotton Bowl-Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
Jan. 1, 1970 Cotton Bowl-Texas 21, Notre Dame 17
Jan. 1, 1969 Cotton Bowl-Texas 36, Tennessee 13
Dec. 17, 1966 Bluebonnet Bowl-Texas 19, Mississippi 0
Jan. 1, 1965 Orange Bowl-Texas 21, Alabama 17
Jan. 1, 1964 Cotton Bowl-Texas 28, Navy 6
Jan. 1, 1963 Cotton Bowl-LSU 13, Texas 0
Jan. 1, 1962 Cotton Bowl-Texas 12, Mississippi 7
Dec. 17, 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl-Texas 3, Alabama 3, tie
Jan. 1, 1960 Cotton Bowl-Syracuse 23, Texas 14
Jan. 1, 1958 Sugar Bowl-Mississippi 39, Texas 7
Jan. 1, 1953 Cotton Bowl-Texas 16, Tennessee 0
Jan. 1, 1951 Cotton Bowl-Tennessee 20 Texas 14
Jan. 1, 1949 Orange Bowl-Texas 41, Georgia 28
Jan. 1, 1948 Sugar Bowl-Texas 27, Alabama 7
Jan. 1, 1946 Cotton Bowl-Texas 40, Missouri 27
Jan. 1, 1944 Cotton Bowl-Texas 7, Randolph Field 7, tie
Jan. 1, 1943 Cotton Bowl-Texas 14, Georgia Tech 7
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